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A revolution in finance for ACP agriculture

July 30, 2014
A revolution in finance for ACP agriculture NAIROBI, Kenya -- The access to finance is and has been a debilitating factor in the progress of agricultural development across the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. Farmers from the regions have called on governments to address the financial strategies for better access by...

US Coast Guard cutter returns home following deployment in the Caribbean

July 26, 2014
US Coast Guard cutter returns home following deployment in the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard cutter Confidence is scheduled to return to their homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday following a 61-day deployment in the Caribbean Sea. On May 27, the crew of the Confidence departed Port Canaveral to conduct a homeland security...

Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states

July 25, 2014
Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The joint embassy of the Eastern Caribbean States representing Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines brought together a cross section of stakeholders from the Caribbean and across the EU in Brussels on 10 July 2014 at the Press Club Brussels.

Experts call for stronger cooperation on oil spills and nutrient management in Caribbean

July 15, 2014
Experts call for stronger cooperation on oil spills and nutrient management in Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 80 percent of the Caribbean Sea is polluted from land based sources and activities on land such as deforestation, untreated wastewater, oil spills, agricultural runoff, farm waste and litter. This affects livelihoods, people’s health, island economies and ecosystems.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: A Child's Right to Respect

July 15, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: A Child's Right to Respect Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: A Child’s Right to Respect. The hope is that this submission would cause you...

Caribbean cellular providers under fire for blocking free call apps

July 12, 2014
Caribbean cellular providers under fire for blocking free call apps KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Caribbean cellular providers Digicel and LIME are facing a backlash from consumers and investigations from regulatory agencies over blocking customers from using popular third party Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications. Last month, Digicel, which promotes itself as...

UN marks 'Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond'

July 12, 2014
UN marks 'Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond' NEW YORK, USA -- Visitors to the United Nations on Thursday and those to the Bronx Museum of Fine Arts on Friday had a chance to see an exhibit and a film focusing on the struggle by slaves for independence in Haiti – the first successful slave revolt in the world that "continues to inspire."

Caribbean elections will be won or lost with social media, say media strategists

July 11, 2014
Caribbean elections will be won or lost with social media, say media strategists BRADES, Montserrat -- Two digital media strategists believe that how political parties use social media in the coming years will impact their chances at the polls come election day. Nerissa Golden of Goldenmedia and Ursula Barzey of Moxee Marketing say over the next 18 months more than...

CDB invites community-based groups to apply for disaster risk reduction project grant

July 9, 2014
CDB invites community-based groups to apply for disaster risk reduction project grant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has issued a call to eligible organisations to apply for funding to support community-based disaster risk reduction efforts and climate change adaptation projects. The selected projects will be financed from the Bank’s...

Call for Caribbean literary submissions and artwork

July 9, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer, an international, literary anthology with a Caribbean focus, published by the University of the Virgin Islands, is announcing a submission call for its 29th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work.

The Caribbean Writer announces Volume 27 prize winners

July 8, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer has announced its annual prize winners from Volume 27, which highlights music and visual arts. Topping the list is a new annual prize: The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize ($500) awarded to an author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean.

Fasting: One of the five pillars of Islam

July 5, 2014
Fasting: One of the five pillars of Islam Fasting is another form of worship found universally in the world religions. Although there are vast differences regarding the mode of fasting and the conditions applied to it, the central idea of fasting is present everywhere. Where it is not mentioned clearly, it is likely that it may gradually have either...

Leaders extend Ramadan greetings in the Caribbean

July 3, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago greeted Muslims at the onset of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, which began on Sunday in the Caribbean. Ramadan coverage in Muslim strongholds in the Caribbean...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Balance

July 3, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Balance Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Balance. The hope is that this submission would cause you to reflect on...

IMF head expresses confidence in regional economies

July 1, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, says she is confident in Jamaica’s ability to sustain and enhance economic stability, through government’s implementation of the Economic Reform Programme (ERP).

The Caribbean and the IMF - Building a partnership for the future

July 1, 2014
The Caribbean and the IMF - Building a partnership for the future Good afternoon. It is a great privilege to visit this exceptional university. Let me greet all of you -- those of you here at Mona, and those of you watching online from other locations. I want to especially thank Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Harris, and our moderator today, Dr Damien King.

Eastern Caribbean marine conservation enhanced by US$7.2 million contribution

June 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the World Bank has contributed US$7.2 million to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) to promote the conservation, protection, management and expansion of national protected area systems.

A top ten list no one wants to be on but seven are located in the wider Caribbean

June 26, 2014
LONDON, England -- Drawing on the latest report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Britain’s Guardian newspaper has published a list of the world’s top ten most populous cities in each country, ranked by the most up-to-date available homicide rates per 100,000 people.

Prosperity and security focus of eighth Caribbean-UK ministerial forum

June 24, 2014
LONDON, England -- Foreign ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic and premiers from the UK overseas territories met in London on 16-17 June 2014 for their biennial high-level talks with the Foreign Office minister for the Caribbean and...

Regional trade officials sign-off on gender mainstreaming position paper at CDB workshop

June 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The four-day seminar on gender mainstreaming in Caribbean trade policies, hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), ended on Friday with participants signing off on a position paper that signaled...

Global sustainable development goals need to be relevant to the Caribbean, say experts

June 24, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean is strongly affected by international policies and actions, but Caribbean positions are often overlooked in global decision-making processes. CARICOM sustainable development experts are emphasising that the new international...

Caribbean governments need to do more on budget management, public sector pay equality

June 23, 2014
Caribbean governments need to do more on budget management, public sector pay equality MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Latin American and Caribbean countries need to do more to improve budget management, tax collection and public sector pay equality if they are to catch up with advanced economies in terms of government performance, according to a joint report by the OECD and the IDB.

UK-Caribbean ministerial forum concludes in London

June 21, 2014
UK-Caribbean ministerial forum concludes in London LONDON, England -- Following the conclusion of the eighth UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum held at Lancaster House in London on 16 and 17 June 2014 under the theme "A Partnership for Prosperity", the foreign ministers and representatives of the United Kingdom and Caribbean governments issued...

US releases 2014 trafficking in persons report

June 21, 2014
US releases 2014 trafficking in persons report WASHINGTON, USA -- The US State Department has released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, compiling a year’s worth of research into modern sex slavery and forced labour conditions around the world. Along with ranking how governments are responding to the crisis, the report shares...

Youth mentoring in the Caribbean

June 21, 2014
Youth mentoring in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Youth mentoring is a very effective tool to be utilized in the development of young people and the Caribbean Mentorship Institute (CMI) has partnered with Caribbean Airlines Limited to train students of the Jordan Hill Presbyterian Primary School in Trinidad.

Next ACP secretary general to come from the Caribbean

June 20, 2014
Next ACP secretary general to come from the Caribbean PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The next secretary general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of countries for the period 2015-2020 will come from the Caribbean region, the Suriname ministry of foreign affairs has announced. After some debate during the just concluded ACP Council...

US to promote energy security in the Caribbean

June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Thursday, US Vice President Joe Biden announced a new initiative to support the Caribbean on energy security, which is a major challenge for the region. The Caribbean is largely dependent on relatively high-cost imported fuel and electricity.

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